New daily high of Covid cases prompts closures in Philippines Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 DPAManilaThe Philippines on Thursday logged another record daily tally of new Covid-19 cases, prompting voluntary closures of offices and establishments.The Department of Health reported 34,021 additional Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic, bringing the country’s total caseload to more than 3.09 million. The death toll rose by 82, to 52,736, it added.Fifty per cent of the new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks were from the capital region of Metro Manila, a sprawling metropolis of more than 13 million people, the department said.The department has attributed the spike in cases to increased mobility and gatherings during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, as well as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.Amid the surge, several government and private offices, banks and other establishments with high infection rates have declared work suspensions, while the Supreme Court also directed dozens of local courts to close their physical presence until further notice.In Manila, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered a one-week health break for all public and private schools from Friday through January 21 amid reports that many teachers were infected.“Parents are anxious about the safety of their children, and teachers also deal with the same anxiety,” he said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES In a world first, Syrian officer indicted for war crimes in German court Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Public transport drivers block roads in Lebanon to protest economic hardship Jan 14, 2022 0 0 India logs 247,000 new coronavirus cases, sharpest daily hike so far Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Taipei defends Taiwan academic attacked by Chinese media for article Taipei Taiwan’s government on Thursday vowed to defend an academic accused by Chinese media of breaking Hong Kong’s national security law by writing an article mainland media claim was pro-Hong Kong independence. .. Botswana to sell 300 elephant trophy hunter licences DPA Gaborone Botswana plans to issue licences to hunt 294 elephants during the opening of this year’s hunting season in April. According to the national park director responsible for issuing the licences, Kabelo .. landmark leap: UN rights chief New York UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has hailed the trial and conviction in Germany of a Syrian former intelligence officer accused of crimes against humanity. “It is a landmark leap forward in the .. Probe starts after two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire in Jordan Valley Tel Aviv Two Israeli officers are dead after a friendly fire incident during a security patrol adjacent to a military base in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. “The officers were .. Nobel prize committee calls on Ethiopian laureate to end Tigray conflict Copenhagen The awarding institution of the Nobel Peace Prize has called on Ethiopian laureate Abiy Ahmed to put an end to the armed conflict in the Tigray region. “As prime minister and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, ..